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  • UK supreme court rules Scotland cannot call a second independence referendum – the decision explained



  • Britain is failing the Aid and Reconstruction Complex



  • Donald Trump may or may not go away but Trumpism will remain



  • Things everyone should know about COVID-19 (Part 2: Transmission & Protection)



  • Long COVID stigma may encourage people to hide the condition



  • Why UK universities are going on strike



  • Bird flu: UK is seeing its largest ever outbreak – which may prove particularly deadly for wild birds



  • Generational Gerrymandering? New voter ID requirements will disenfranchise young people



  • Labour’s same old waffle on Lords reform



  • Erratic Elon



  • UK-France migration deal: How does Brexit factor into the plan to stop small boats?



  • How Canada plans to break records with its new refugee targets



  • An indictment wouldn’t end Trump’s run for the presidency – He could even campaign or serve from a jail cell



  • Things everyone should know about COVID-19 (Part 1: Immune System)



  • Why COP27 should be the last of these pointless corporate love-ins



  • Twitter and Elon Musk: Why free speech absolutism threatens human rights



  • How measuring attitudes to climate change could speed up the global response



  • It’s Brexit, stupid



  • Britain’s energy price cap left many people confused – especially Conservative voters



  • Journalist arrests during climate protests show how the demonisation of protest threatens us all



  • Resignation honours — What are they, why are they so controversial and can the system ever be changed?



  • Wear a mask in public — Successive COVID infections increase health risks, new study



  • Just Stop Oil, Rupert Murdoch and the M25 protest



  • Creating a spectacle around people seeking asylum generates fear and chaos, not solutions



  • Can’t pay? Won’t pay!



  • Why some people think fascism is the greatest expression of democracy ever invented



  • Post-election thoughts



  • COP27: A year on from the Glasgow climate pact, the world is burning more fossil fuels than ever



  • The state we are in 2022



  • Deadline looms for new Environment Secretary to respond to legal challenge against sewage dumping



  • Zero deforestation in the Amazon is now possible



  • China-bashing is being used to normalise mass-disability and loss of life



  • COP27: Five things to expect from this year’s UN climate summit



  • Braverman’s brutal Britain



  • Goodbye Elon, goodbye.



  • Britain and Belgium: Asylum crises as Albania slams the UK ‘madhouse’



  • Elon Musk insists he had “no choice” but to fire Twitter employees



  • Midterms: Growing number of Americans believe political violence is acceptable



  • Just Stop Oil joined thousands demanding a general election and action on the cost of living crisis



  • Why Meta’s share price collapse is good news for the future of social media



  • Business twit



  • Suella Braverman’s colour-coded stance... all red, white and blue



  • Enter Sunak, the fifth Brexit Prime Minister



  • Is it legitimate for the Conservatives to continue in government without an election?



  • This Halloween... trick or debt?



  • Scottish independence: How Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge to rejoin the EU could impact a referendum vote



  • MPs call for investigation into misuse of funds by a 55 Tufton Street charity



  • Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: Who is he and how did he end up with the top job in British politics?



  • Do not ignore COVID, experts say



  • Rishi Sunak: Best of a bad bunch?



  • Do radical protests turn the public away from a cause?



  • The five causes of Liz Truss’s downfall explained



  • The Tory lettuceship contest



  • Why Liz Truss finally lost control of MPs



  • Liz Truss becomes the shortest-serving UK Prime Minister



  • Liz Truss’s government spewed hate about everyone, including tofu-eating people like me



  • What happened in the night of Westminster chaos that triggered the PM’s resignation?



  • Is Liz Truss really a symbol of Western democratic resilience as China crowns Xi Jinping?



  • Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever – and 2022 was their worst summer yet



  • The best hope lies in this government’s hopelessness



  • Liz Truss is now a case study in poor leadership



  • Liz Truss and the best of British robotic libertarianism



  • Why the ‘energy price cap’ is confusing



  • This could open the door to fracking



  • Liz Truss puts Britain on course to an uncivil war



  • No child should be given access to that type of content



  • The UK’s Homes for Ukraine scheme is failing both refugees and their hosts



  • World Cup 2022: Qatar’s frantic countdown to a football tournament full of controversy



  • Cognitive biases and brain biology help explain why facts don’t change minds



  • Liz Truss’s unoriginal, unedifying and outdated plan for ‘Growth. Growth. Growth.’



  • What to do if your supplier takes you to court



  • Preparing to win the next UK General Election



  • Proof it’s the Supreme Court of ideology not a Supreme Court of law



  • It’s not your dads’ GOP anymore, and never will be again



  • Iran: ‘Hijab’ protests challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic



  • The week the wheels came off the Brexit Britain bus



  • What Liz Truss’s Conservative party conference speech revealed



  • Keir Starmer needs to tell a bolder story about Britain’s future to convince voters to back him



  • Liz Truss’s ‘destructive’ plans have angered environmental groups



  • When the strong help the weak, it makes us all stronger



  • Kamikwasi, Librium Liz and the great British joke factory



  • COVID inquiry: the UK government’s pandemic response was often not ‘guided by the science’ – yet now scientists are under fire



  • Rats in a sack



  • Is removing Liz Truss worth the risk?



  • Liz Truss: Are the Conservatives facing an electoral meltdown?



  • COVID-19: It looks like we are in for a bad October – Experts



  • The Great Tory Merdefest



  • Truss’s dead cat splat



  • Why Labour will resist calls for electoral alliances, even when facing the prospect of a hung parliament



  • The public shouldn’t pay to get the ex-PM off the hook



  • Will Keir Starmer lead Labour back into government?



  • Strange times



  • Why Liz Truss is no Margaret Thatcher when it comes to the economy



  • Mini budget 2022: Experts react to the new UK government’s spending and tax-cut plans



  • Giorgia Meloni and the return of fascism: How Italy got here



  • Back to the other Liz’s world. Shtum, imperious, foxy



  • Survey shows Brexit vote has undermined support for the United Kingdom’s union



  • Accountability and the prorogation of Parliament



  • Children in England turning five will no longer be offered a jab – here’s why that’s bad news



  • Putin’s mobilisation speech: what he said and what he meant



  • Is it safe yet?



  • Putin calls up more troops in Ukraine and threatens nuclear option in a speech which ups the ante but shows Russia’s weakness



  • Understanding the rules on energy disconnection and prepayment meters



  • Anti-monarchy protesters arrested – What the law says



  • Putin’s failure in Ukraine will pave the way for China’s rise to pre-eminence in Eurasia



  • Prince of Wales: Why William inheriting the title from Charles has sparked a debate



  • What we mean when we say we are mourning Queen Elizabeth for the values she embodied



  • There is no escape from history for Britain, its new king and the rest of us



  • Notes from Normal-island



  • Claiming the welfare benefits you are entitled to



  • End of global COVID-19 pandemic in sight — WHO chief



  • What Liz Truss’s government means for climate action



  • King Charles inherits the crown with support for the monarchy at record low



  • How Gorbachev’s fragile legacy of free speech has been destroyed by Putin



  • Change and challenges: The rules governing the UK’s new Constitutional Monarchy



  • Charles III and the future of the UK monarchy



  • Why Charles is already king and other key constitutional questions answered



  • Queen Elizabeth II: A moderniser who steered the British monarchy into the 21st century



  • Queen Elizabeth II: The end of the ‘new Elizabethan age’



  • These two daunting challenges sit right at the top of the new prime minister’s in-tray



  • Is the Truss cabinet’s visual diversity any more than just that?



  • 4 ways Boris Johnson tested the British parliament to its limits



  • PM Liz Truss: A laser-like focus on delivery is needed after the chaos of the Boris Johnson years



  • The shortest political honeymoon in history



  • Understanding your energy bill support and discounts



  • Liz Truss: Who is the UK’s new prime minister and why has she replaced Boris Johnson?



  • Tory leadership race: Will Liz Truss’s tax cut proposals win her votes?



  • Liz Truss may not appoint an ethics adviser – Does that really matter?



  • It’s reassuring that summer was spent wisely planning for the coming COVID winter... or was it?



  • Why clean, affordable water should not be in the hands of private companies targeting profit



  • Cost of living crisis: The UK needs to raise taxes not cut them



  • Channel crossings: No “soundbite” or “three word answer”.



  • Will the UK experience blackouts? Three scenarios for this coming winter



  • ‘Tomato flu’ outbreak in India – Here’s what it really is



  • Liz Truss, the last PM of the “big tent” Tory party



  • Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner challenges Ofgem to protect children from fuel poverty



  • Liz Truss’s Conservative chip pan fire



  • ‘Ukraine fatigue’? A Ukrainian mother-and-daughter story from London



  • Long COVID: Why it’s so hard to tell how many people get it



  • UK strikes: How industrial action at a major port could disrupt supplies of clothing, cars and canned food



  • Public enemy number one



  • What the leadership contest tells us about Brexit



  • Misjudgement now could cost the Conservatives dear at the next general election



  • Truss is a gift to the cause of Scottish independence



  • For GOP, it’s Trump Road whether he runs or not



  • Western countries are shipping refugees to poorer nations in exchange for cash



  • Influential oil company scenarios for combating climate change don’t actually meet the Paris Agreement goals



  • Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak want to crack down on migration – An expert reviews their plans



  • Ofgem on notice of court action if it fails to comply with legal duties to protect vulnerable customers



  • The ‘new world’ label is 600 years old and needs updating.



  • Many people are still shielding from COVID – and their mental health is getting worse.



  • New data reveals scale of waiting times for the EU Settlement Scheme.



  • Gordon Brown economics versus Liz Truss tax cuts: A new twist in the battle to resolve the UK’s cost of living crisis.



  • Salman Rushdie, the man who told stories about India.



  • Liz Truss uses leftover vaccine donations to cut up to £300m in foreign aid.



  • Context matters – How a teabag went viral for the wrong reasons.



  • The jetset tycoon, the Tory council, and the missing £138m of taxpayers’ money.



  • This is a cost of corporate greed crisis.



  • The last white woman, Liz Truss.



  • The return of the Yos! and Oys! – plus a new addition.



  • Last week the Axis Of Autocracy was consummated.



  • Liz Truss, craving for Vogue and attention.



  • Our current COVID vaccines could soon be updated to target new variants.



  • Hasta la vista, he wants to come back.



  • How the FBI knew what to search for at Mar-a-Lago – and why the Presidential Records Act is an essential tool for future historians.



  • New photos suggest how Trump, flush with power, may have sent official documents down the toilet.



  • Is race an issue that might explain why Rishi Sunak is doing so badly among Tory members?



  • Investigation into the government’s contracts with Randox Laboratories.



  • Four ways Brexit and the loss of free movement have made life harder for mixed British-European families.



  • Without a fresh new vision, the next Conservative prime minister risks leading their party to election loss.



  • How might Labour’s Brexit policy be made to work?



  • How teachers supported children and parents through COVID-19 school closures.



  • Human rights and Tory wrongs.



  • What ethical standards should we hold politicians to?



  • How the monkeypox epidemic is likely to play out – in four graphs.



  • It’s been 12 long, painful years of Tory governments...



  • The Tory chancers trashing the rule of law.



  • Monkeypox: An expert explains what we need to know.



  • Boris Johnson is a bit like Churchill – but not in the ways he might want.



  • How well or badly is the Government doing at responding to the rising cost of energy?



  • Why are some so afraid of women, gays, trans, etc?



  • Boris Johnson says his time as UK PM was ‘mission largely accomplished’. How does that actually stack up?



  • Should I still go on holiday if I have COVID?



  • London’s Olympic legacy: Why £2.2 billion investment in primary school PE has failed teachers.



  • Truth now banned in government.



  • Disability – The farce that is PIP.



  • If you voted Tory for any of these 16 reasons, you made a big mistake.



  • New revelations about gaps in the Met Partygate investigation.



  • No bullsh*t, no exaggeration... American democracy becomes American autocracy in 2023.



  • The fall of Boris Johnson: Any democracy should look to his case and ask if it is enabling machiavellian leaders.



  • Quick summary of the ERG’s – sorry, your next Prime Minister’s plans for Britain.



  • Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss head-to-head to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister – How their prospects compare.



  • Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss? Polling shows party members want her – but the wider voting public would choose him.



  • Conservative leadership election: Why tax cuts are an economic gamble.



  • Boris Johnson’s ignominious end: The difference between ‘big tent’ politics and personalised populism.



  • Thousands of Ukrainian children are joining UK schools, but some face issues obtaining school places.



  • Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition: Will he or won’t he?



  • Tory leadership hopefuls fail to address the reality that Brexit is a disaster.



  • Sri Lanka’s protesters are demanding change. Here’s why.



  • Boris Johnson’s claim of a ‘mandate’ from the people isn’t accurate.



  • The Uber Files: Leaked documents reveal a strategy of chaos – has anything changed?



  • Boris Johnson’s messy political legacy of lies, scandals and delivering Brexit to his base.



  • Boris boosterism and bluster won’t keep Brexit Britain’s reality hidden forever.



  • Stronger democracies have seen fewer excess deaths during COVID.



  • What happens – and when – in the race to replace Boris Johnson.



  • Survey shows British people, and especially Tory voters, feel very differently about some refugees than others.



  • How the hostile environment is affecting EU citizens.



  • What Boris Johnson said in his bitter resignation speech and what he really meant.



  • Boris Johnson’s premiership – Worst resignation rate and one of the shortest tenures.



  • Boris remade Britain’s image as a mussy-haired wannabe with a slippery sense of propriety.



  • Boris Johnson’s nightmare day: How to read between the lines in resignation letters from government ministers.



  • Long COVID: Female sex, older age and existing health problems increase risk – new research.



  • ‘Them’s the breaks’: Boris adopts an American accent.



  • Boris Johnson’s reluctant resignation.



  • Get Borexit done.



  • Boris Johnson: Four key insights from recent polls can help us see where the crisis is heading.



  • Boris Johnson: A terminal case of hubris syndrome.



  • Pass the popcorn: The Tories are in meltdown.



  • Scottish independence: What has changed since the last referendum.



  • New Met Police legal action will get to the truth about the PM’s Partygate.



  • I believe her. Mostly.



  • In Iran, one man exercises complete control for his lifetime. In the US, it’s now six people.



  • We shouldn’t be complacent to the potential threat of this, or subsequent COVID waves.



  • Well, we are the people and we say yes.



  • Government could be forced to come clean over VIP Test and Trace contracts.



  • Human disruption to Earth’s freshwater cycle has exceeded the safe limit, our research shows.



  • Abortion. Complicated? Or not?



  • Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections: Even Boris Johnson loyalists will now be worried for the next election.



  • The G7 has returned to being a gentlemen’s club.



  • The Schools Bill: An attack on home-schooling that hurts children the most.



  • Monkeypox may not mutate as fast as coronaviruses, but that doesn’t mean it can’t adapt to its new hosts.



  • Northern Ireland protocol row could damage good faith needed for post-Brexit trade deals.



  • Brexit is shaming Britain.



  • Mapping the world’s refugee population.



  • Tiverton and Honiton by-election: Rural communities are itching for the chance to cast a protest vote.



  • A peaceful transfer of power in America? Yes, but...



  • Commonwealth leaders gather in Rwanda as UK refugee plan focuses attention on human rights.



  • Avian flu has jumped from chickens to wild birds and is spreading fast.



  • Big Tobacco firms advertising on schools’ doorsteps.



  • What Keir Starmer could learn from Neil Kinnock to capitalise on Boris Johnson’s woes.



  • What is the European Court of Human Rights, and why did it stop a UK flight from taking off to Rwanda?



  • The United States and mass shootings.



  • The corrective enlightening power of the Juneteenth holiday.



  • After years of breaking the rules, Boris Johnson must now hope his MPs won’t change the only one keeping him in office.



  • Brexit is stuck, but is the secret coming out?



  • Why the UK government’s plan to change the Northern Ireland Protocol violates international law.



  • Government doesn’t know whether it will achieve its 2032 Net Zero target.



  • Behind the scenes of Westminster – How government whips are losing their influence.



  • The tactics Tory rebels could use to derail Boris Johnson.



  • Petition — Introduce an independent body to enforce the ministerial code on ministers.



  • Boris Johnson never took full control of the Tory party – uniting it now seems impossible.



  • Inflation projections and the War in Ukraine.



  • The War in Ukraine puts the brakes on global economic recovery.



  • As the Beatles said, I say it’s my birthday.



  • Conservative Party – Who are the rebels and why do they want Boris Johnson gone?



  • After the confidence vote, what now for ‘Big Dog’?



  • EU citizens told they can’t come home using just their European passports.



  • The ‘greased piglet’ oinks again (for the time being).



  • What the result of the confidence vote means for the PM and the Conservative Party.



  • Boris Johnson ‘no-confidence’ vote: What happens next?



  • A Tory vote of self-preservation.



  • Vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson tonight.



  • Ever wondered how the monarchy survives in Britain?



  • Vaccination could reduce Long COVID symptoms, new research suggests.



  • U.S. gun violence – We have to make it stop.



  • COVID vaccines for children under five: What parents need to know.



  • Why Britain really can’t afford to cut civil servants right now.



  • Boris Johnson’s future: A philosophical exercise for wavering Tory MPs.



  • Four reasons the Conservative Party should be worried about Australia’s recent election result.



  • Partygate: How the Sue Gray report revealed the age of ‘government by WhatsApp’.



  • The graywash.



  • Boris Johnson: Why not taking responsibility degrades politics.



  • ‘Wine time Friday’ and invites for 200 – Five of the most interesting findings from Sue Gray’s partygate report.



  • Sue Gray report – Why hasn’t Boris Johnson resigned?



  • Senior leadership must bear responsibility – Sue Gray.



  • Independence and democracy, or jingoistic authoritarianism.



  • Meet your MP — Lee Anderson



  • Monkeypox – We need to understand more about the transmission dynamics.



  • Australia Elections – Scott Morrison defeated, Labor to govern in minority or majority.



  • Parliament could burn down any day? Sell it. Turn it into a museum or a posh hotel.



  • An MP claimed there’s no massive use for food banks in the UK – the evidence shows why he is wrong.



  • Democracy is threatened in many ways.



  • Home Office: Loved ones are left in limbo for months on end.



  • The English dreaming of Peter Hitchens.



  • Whiteness is at the heart of racism in Britain – so why is it portrayed as a Black problem?



  • For all the bluster, Johnson and the Brexiters still have no realistic answer to the ‘Northern Ireland border’ question.



  • Haven’t had COVID yet? It could be more than just luck.



  • Anglo-British nationalism: Greater projection than an iMax screen.



  • Help stop the great British public space sell-off.



  • All government wants is for asylum seekers to be out of sight out of mind.



  • Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe.



  • The State pantomime of Parliament.



  • How the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is 21st-century imperialism writ large.



  • Government has more interest in allowing vulnerable children to be targeted by traffickers than tackling traffickers.



  • Boris Johnson should be very worried about what 2022 local council results mean for the next general election.



  • Brexiters are losing the post-Brexit narrative.



  • Rooting out racism in schools.



  • Russia may declare war on Ukraine on May 9 – and use it as a reason to double down on attacks.



  • Long COVID in children is real and serious. There are treatments available... just not in the UK.



  • Severe COVID is equivalent to 20 years of ageing.



  • True diamonds that we refuse to properly acknowledge.



  • Pursuing CSI justice for European citizens.



  • Local elections are about the most important issues affecting our daily lives – Why do they always become a referendum on the prime minister?



  • A fracking review suggests the UK has softened the precautionary principle since leaving the EU.



  • How can Parliament discipline the PM?



  • Six years of failure.



  • Local elections 2022: Your complete guide to the votes happening across the UK.



  • Every ‘journalist’ pushing the Starmer Beergate story must know it to be false.



  • Explosive emails revealed at the High Court describe the UK Government’s COVID testing programme.



  • Local elections: Survey gives Labour huge lead in London ahead of vote.



  • Sinn Féin could become the biggest party in Northern Ireland on May 5 – What it means for power-sharing.



  • Johnson’s removal will not alter the British democratic deficit.



  • No, decolonising your bookshelf doesn’t mean getting rid of Jane Austen.



  • Democracy undermined: How elections in the UK are changing.



  • Private emails: It’s not the result we hoped for.



  • Sometimes, “We told you so” is all that can be said.



  • Meet your MP — Neil Parish



  • Angela Rayner, porn in parliament and a depressing week for British politics.



  • When it comes to a deadly virus, ignorance is not bliss – Experts.



  • The Prime Minister has brought our democracy into disrepute – it’s time to restore some pride.



  • The power in front, beside, and behind.



  • Emmanuel Macron is reelected but the French are longing for radical change.



  • Boris Johnson dragging the Tory Party into the sewer – Angela Rayner.



  • Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron go head to head: Why many French voters will be voting against a candidate rather than for them.



  • Suffocating democracy in a Tupperware tub.



  • COVID in children is not mild.



  • Partygate: Is Boris Johnson lying?



  • Just Stop Oil: Protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying.



  • Boris Johnson’s bad behaviour: How declining trust in the prime minister affects trust in British democracy.



  • Post-Brexit Britain is going rotten.



  • Research says Omicron lasts much longer on surfaces than other variants – but disinfecting still works.



  • Why we can’t ‘boost’ our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic for the long term.



  • Putin’s retaliatory list is a badge of honour.



  • Who gets to decide when the pandemic is over?



  • Disabled people trapped waiting years for vital home adaptations.



  • UN refugee agency ‘firmly’ opposes UK-Rwanda offshore migration processing deal.



  • British voters want lying politicians to face consequences.



  • People who’ve had COVID appear more likely to develop diabetes.



  • Sweden and Finland eye the Nato option, but it’s a security dilemma for the west.



  • COVID-19 is an airborne hazard – we need to treat it as such.



  • Peek-a-boo Brexit.



  • Omicron XE is spreading in the UK – A virologist explains what we know about this hybrid variant.



  • Salmonella cases linked to Kinder products.



  • Boris Johnson fined by police over partygate.



  • As Marine Le Pen makes it to second round, the left-wing vote is what troubles president Emmanuel Macron.



  • Should we worry about the XE variant? Maybe not yet, but ‘hybrids’ will become more frequent as COVID evolves.



  • Nestle and the business of morality.



  • What is a non-dom?



  • Economic fallout from Ukraine war could give Le Pen’s social-populist strategy an edge.



  • New COVID wave a reminder the pandemic is far from over.



  • My five-year-old is now eligible for a COVID vaccine – Should I get them immunised?



  • Government tells schools: Dump lateral flow tests.



  • Nataliia: “I fear I will never see my husband again.”



  • A democratic fix for an increasingly autocratic Supreme Court.



  • A telling story about Putin’s state of mind from a European diplomat.



  • What game theory can tell us about how Ukraine-Russia negotiations might go.



  • Petition — Boris Johnson: Don’t scrap free COVID testing and isolation!



  • Confusion abounds.



  • Vladimir Putin: A risk-taker who is gambling his country’s future.



  • P&O Ferries: How some companies can afford to break the law.



  • Caught COVID? What you should and shouldn’t do when self-isolation isn’t mandatory.



  • COVID numbers are spiking, yet still no public health messaging.



  • None of the Prime Minister’s phone messages prior to April 2021 can be searched.



  • No staff turnover at Chornobyl.



  • Is Brexit being ‘cancelled’?



  • Tories: Displacement of responsibility as a golden rule.



  • Prejudice and discrimination masquerading as spiritual support.



  • Delaying care now will overburden healthcare much more!



  • Reason Johnson is unfit for office number 9,999.



  • How Russia is using intellectual property as a war tactic.



  • The sacking of 800 P&O staff shows just how precarious UK jobs can be.



  • Performative politics is gaslighting post-Brexit Britain.



  • What can China do about Ukraine and will it do it?



  • Saving pounds vs saving lives.



  • It’s time for an end to cronyism.



  • The Ukraine War shouldn’t make Americans more appreciative or grateful.



  • Ukraine: What might happen if the war spreads to a Nato country.



  • As COVID rises again, the UK Government’s only plan is denial and distraction.



  • The Home Office’s bureaucracy has been destroying people’s lives for decades. Increasing it isn’t the way forward.



  • Four experts examine the big successes and failures of the COVID response so far.



  • Ukraine and Brexit: Reminders, lessons and hopes.



  • Refugees don’t need visas.



  • COVID-19 shrinks our brains – PM: Nothing to see here... Freedom day!



  • Ukraine: The UK is failing to meet its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.



  • COVID doesn’t affect kids?



  • EU as a Line of Defense for Ukraine?



  • Bear faced hypocrisy.



  • Uptake of children’s COVID vaccines is low in the UK – and their slow, confused approval is to blame.



  • Covid isn’t over.



  • To avoid an American war, Ukraine must be Poland, not the Rhineland.



  • Ukraine – It’s all about one person.



  • Refugee protection means more than just saying words of support.



  • Russian opposition to the invasion of Ukraine is giving Putin cause for alarm.



  • An open letter to Tucker Carlson.



  • The dogs that caught the car.



  • The best-laid plans of mice and men... and Putin and his gold.



  • As Putin puts nuclear forces on high alert, here are 5 genuine nuclear dangers for us all.



  • Ukraine’s military is outgunned but can still inflict a great deal of pain on Russian forces.



  • Sanctions can still make a difference – but only if done right.



  • It’s time to fight Putin! – Garry Kasparov.



  • Iceland: Mass infection will lead to mass disability – Experts.



  • Why we must talk about ‘protections’ being lifted, not ‘restrictions’.



  • Eight changes the world needs to make to live with COVID.



  • Mugged by reality.



  • For Russia, it’s all alt... even its tsar.



  • “Make Brexit Work” is the only way forward right now.



  • Lifting all restrictions. The lunatics really are in charge. – Experts.



  • COVID: Lifting the remaining measures is a dangerous and senseless move.



  • British nationalism means power is never held to account.



  • Royal finances – Our money and theirs.



  • Time for the UK to say goodbye to drive-throughs for the sake of our environment, our health, and our culture.



  • Are Trump’s followers standing back and ready again?



  • High Court rules Dido Harding and Mike Coupe appointments were unlawful.



  • How the Home Office spends money hurting people.



  • UK-Russia – You can have freedom or corruption, not both.



  • The world pre-2020 no longer exists.



  • PM resignation – A show of hypocrisy.



  • Boris Johnson exposes the weakness at the heart of a ‘good chaps’ rule of government.



  • Cost of living crisis – Historical evidence suggests voters could quickly turn against Tories.



  • Our meat obsession is destroying the planet – The solution is to change how we see animals.



  • Lifting self-isolation, a profound mistake. Again. – Experts.



  • Russia, Ukraine, Schrodinger’s cat and our interconnected world.



  • How warfare language is being used to demonise asylum seekers.



  • 4 key takeaways from the ‘partygate’ investigation into Boris Johnson’s Downing Street.



  • Vulnerable children are still waiting for vaccination, and many are being infected while they wait.



  • Boris Johnson pledges to ‘fix’ Downing Street after partygate – but this is a failure of his leadership.



  • Legal advice: Government can’t ban the use of facemasks in schools.



  • Westminster: Where it’s a bigger sin to call out a liar for lying than it is to lie.



  • All too predictable.



  • The Sue Gray report.



  • Vaccinate the kids!



  • ‘All the world’s somewhat corrupt and men and women merely players.’



  • Do not oversimplify Long COVID.



  • The Week in Tory – Friday 28 Jan.



  • Boris Johnson polling is now so bad that it makes sense for Conservative MPs to get rid of him.



  • England’s plan B restrictions are lifting – but are some measures here to stay?



  • Some surprising actors want the Yankees in their backyard.



  • Partygate, populism and Brexit.



  • Don’t believe the claim that only 17,371 people have died from COVID in England and Wales.



  • President Biden. A ‘meh’ first year?



  • Johnson is a symptom of a chronically sick Westminster.



  • Boris Johnson: Sue Gray’s report may prove the final straw for angry Conservative MPs.



  • Lockdown schooling: Research from across the world shows reasons to be hopeful.



  • A linguist analyses Boris Johnson’s apology.



  • Will Truss press the re-set button?



  • Where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID.



  • Removing all restrictions clearly isn’t guided by the science – Experts.



  • COVID-19 SAGE update, 13 Jan 2022.



  • ‘In the name of God, go’: The history of a speech that has brought down parliament and a prime minister.



  • How to oust a Tory leader: The rules explained.



  • Face-coverings to remain a condition of carriage on TfL – Sadiq Khan.



  • COVID-19 SAGE update, 7 Jan 2022.



  • Nobody told me this was against the rules – Boris Johnson.



  • Omicron: Viral load can be at its highest at day five so cutting isolation period doesn’t make sense.



  • How dare scientists do something to prevent more deaths in the UK!



  • Trapped between a rock and a party place.



  • Downing Street party: What the law actually said about work gatherings in May 2020.



  • Is the party over for Boris Johnson? This polling detail suggests it could well be.



  • Boris Johnson’s Downing Street party apology: Three key takeaways.



  • Brexiters now worry about the judgment of history.



  • What are the symptoms of omicron?



  • How to make sense of the UK’s new testing rules.



  • A consultant anaesthetist who refuses to take a vaccine?



  • You don’t end a pandemic simply by declaring it over.



  • UK bird flu outbreak: Risk of wider infection in the general public remains low.



  • Capitol assault: The real reason Trump and the crowd almost killed US democracy.



  • Why transmission among the triple-vaxxed shouldn’t alarm you.



  • Home Office’s flawed and dangerous “scientific assessments” put children claiming asylum at risk.



  • Schools are stuck in 2020 too.



  • Masks in schools is not a matter of opinion. It works.



  • Brexit returns to its roots.



  • Life after COVID: Most people don’t want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future.



  • The NHS and social care are beyond full stretch.



  • 21st century Britain: Still the ‘emancipated empire’?



  • Far too early to say we don’t need to worry about omicron and hospitalisations.



  • This Christmas we managed to frighten ourselves into deep gloom.



  • Omicron is likely to hit deprived areas the hardest.



  • The meaning of Christmas, according to Natalie.



  • Omicron. The worst part of the pandemic before it ends in 2022. – Bill Gates.



  • Omicron: What the next few weeks will look like.



  • Thoughts on a dreadful year.



  • Brexit: What the UK/EU customs changes mean for businesses from January 1.



  • On the Imperial College study on Omicron severity.



  • COVID: How the disease moves through the air.



  • How much trouble is Boris Johnson in?



  • Omicron – Your questions answered.



  • We have learned from our mistakes... in order to repeat them.



  • Home Office sued for breach of the Withdrawal Agreement.



  • Stripping British citizenship: The government’s new bill explained.



  • Conservative MP rebellion: ‘Human rights’ opposition to new COVID measures doesn’t add up.



  • Not my Brexit.



  • In Tory Britain, you never know what will happen yesterday.



  • A moral vacuum... on either side of the English Channel?



  • Who do we not save?



  • When will life return to normal after the pandemic?



  • The new German government and Berlin’s new role in the world.



  • Thank you for writing to your MP about physical proof of status.



  • This virus has got so many surprises in store for us.



  • Why the UK government’s plan to overturn court decisions is a bad idea.



  • Debunking key myths about Britain’s ‘broken asylum system’.



  • Downing Street Christmas party: Four key takeaways from the leaked Allegra Stratton video.



  • A year of COVID vaccines: how the UK pinned its hopes on the jab – and why those hopes are under threat.



  • Will Omicron be more contagious than Delta? A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t.



  • Brexit discredited.



  • Labour reshuffle: Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet exudes confidence – but the party’s left has been shut out.



  • Reintroducing masks in England may be met with resistance – Here’s how the government can overcome it.



  • COVID-19 — Sick of dating.



  • Why the WHO designated Omicron a variant of concern.



  • The joke isn’t funny anymore.



  • The rise of Omicron – The consequences of not acting early could be devastating.



  • How Omicron was found and what we know so far.



  • Meat-eating is a big climate issue – but isn’t getting the attention it deserves.



  • Omicron variant – Signs so far suggest the potential threat is high.



  • Asylum seekers crossing the Channel – Stop the BS!



  • Examining the financial sustainability of mainstream schools in England.



  • The perfect figurehead for a corrupt and unreformable Westminster.



  • ‘I don’t feel like a person anymore’ – The emotional side of claiming universal credit.



  • A pause to reflect.



  • Falsification of biological results led to the conclusion that hydroxychloroquine works – Professor Raoult staff admit.



  • Brexit. Assessing the mood in Stratford-upon-Avon.



  • It’s the newspapers’ fault if Boris Johnson was pictured on a train maskless – Business minister.



  • COVID never left. Now, it’s firmly back on the agenda.



  • Sleaze: Why Boris Johnson is being reminded of the lurid scandals of 1990s Britain.



  • 85 minutes as president – Kamala Harris’ place in history.



  • Look at me!



  • Trade war looms over article 16 – The Northern Ireland protocol safeguard, explained.



  • Novavax COVID vaccine is nearing approval – What impact will it have?



  • The dictator returns — through his spawn.



  • Welcome to Brexit 2.0.



  • Meta-holidays...



  • Around the wards in 80 days.



  • Corruption: How the UK compares to other countries.



  • The moral vacuum that is Johnson’s Westminster.



  • Either we kill coal or coal will kill us.



  • Belarus: Border crisis with Poland loses sight of the people trapped in the middle.



  • Owen Paterson’s role in Brexit.



  • Five things you need to know about the Glasgow Climate Pact.



  • COP26 – Why politicians have little incentive to prepare for future climate change disasters.



  • Claims of COP26’s success have been unpicked – but political journalists have repeated the spin.



  • I interviewed Richard Ratcliffe about his hunger strike: Here’s how it’s affecting him.



  • The handling of the Owen Paterson case is a danger to the entire fabric of British politics.



  • And the beat goes on...



  • Where stands support for Brexit now?



  • 63% think MPs should not be allowed to work outside of their parliamentary roles.



  • More work needed to resolve Northern Ireland’s Brexit position – watchdog.



  • Fishy arguments.



  • Vaccine trial misconduct allegation – Could it damage trust in science?



  • Shining a light on Tory dark money.



  • That subtle racism.



  • Shipping emissions must fall by a third by 2030 and reach zero before 2050.



  • Trump-lite is flavour of the month.



  • Would a longer school day help children catch up after the pandemic?



  • Covid in the UK is the worst it has ever been. What’s the government doing?



  • Overseas trade has a hidden environmental ‘disaster footprint’.



  • A Democratic wake-up call.



  • COP26: Here’s how much progress the UK has made on three key net zero pledges.



  • 70% say pupils at secondary schools should wear masks.



  • Wanted: A serious post-Brexit policy.



  • Increased COVID restrictions in the UK look inevitable as winter arrives.



  • The NHS is in trouble. It needs our help and support now.



  • COVID-19 cases rise when schools open – but more so when teachers and students don’t wear masks.



  • “We are now storing up trouble for the future” – Experts.



  • Long COVID and why choosing to expose children to infection rather than vaccinate them is negligent and harmful.



  • Blowing bubbles is dangerous for children.



  • We trust grown-ups to protect us, but they are doing the opposite of protecting us — concerned children.



  • Our forgotten children will suffer most from Covid being let rip – again.



  • How long do COVID vaccines take to start working?



  • The 2021 Spring Budget.



  • Children may transmit coronavirus at the same rate as adults – What we now know about schools and COVID-19.



  • Coronavirus: Is this the moment of maximum risk?



  • How Germany is managing its coronavirus epidemic, and reacting with disdain to Trump’s policies.



  • Brits fighting to retain their EU passports and their citizens’ rights.



  • Pathological power: The danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths.



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